Videos from last week's racing - Emakumeen Bira & North Star GP 2014

It was a great week of racing, with an absolute ton of videos, photos and interesting stuff. Here's the road racing for you (and if you want the MTB and BMX and lots more news, blogs and the analysis, head over to my blog for this week's women's cycling podcast from omne and me, as the post has a ton of things we loved)

Emakumeen Bira

So much to see from this!  What we learned is that when races are in Spain, we get to see them!  Thanks so much to Marcos, Babelia and Saul for all your twitter updates especially, you're all amazing!

Stage 1 finish-line, and highlights:

and from Lointek’s point of view

Race reports from ORICA and Rabobank-Liv

Stage 1 results

1. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, 2:18:31
2. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
3. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
4. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, + 01:00
5. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
6. Rossella Ratto (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren, s.t.
7. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t.
8. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.
9. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren, s.t.
10. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.

This is the tweet before the start of Stage 2 that summed up the race....  it never stopped after this!


Stage 2 finish-line and highlights and MORE highlights:

Race reports from ORICA and Rabobank-Liv

Stage 2 results

1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, 2:54:38
2. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:22
3. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
4. Chantal Blaak (Ned) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
5. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
6. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
7. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.
8. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t.
9. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
10. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.

Stage 3 highlights

Race reports from ORICA and Rabobank-Liv, and Rabo's interview with PFP and AvdB

Stage 3 results

1. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, 2:32:47
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:42
3. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 01:44
4. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.
5. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
6. Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Astana-BePink,
7. Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels-Dolmans., + 01:48
8. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
9. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t.
10. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren, s.t.

Stage 4 highlights

and as seen from the Bizkaia-Durango team car

Race reports from ORICA and Rabobank-Liv

Stage 4 results

1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, 3:02:12
2. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:05
3. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
4. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
5. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:28
6. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t.
7. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.
8. Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
9. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren, + 00:31
10. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, + 01:08

And in The Week In Bike, cyclocosm talks about the mainstream cycling media coverage of the race....

If you want to know what it was like to ride, Specialized-lululemon rider Loren Rowney has written about it on CyclingTips.  See all Marcos' photos from the Bira on El Pelotón, and come back soon for his article about what it was like at the Bira very soon, and Saul's round-up of the race on Cobbles & Hills - and he'll be telling us all about his time at the race very soon.

UPDATE! And here's Chloe Hosking's blog on the race

Final General Classification

1.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, 10:48:15
2.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:!2
3.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:56
4.   Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, + 03:26
5.   Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 03:31
6.   Megan Guarnier (USA)  Boels-Dolmans, + 03:40
7.   Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Estado de Mexico-Faren, + 03:47
8.   Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 04:07
9.   Jessie Daams (Bel) Boels-Dolmans, + 05:31
10. Shara Gillow (Aus) ORICA-AIS, + 06:59

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North Star Grand Prix

I think this might be my very favourite USA race, and it definitely makes me want to visit Minnesota! There were videos from the women's and men's stages, and so many I'm not going to embed them all, but here are the links...

the Stage 1 ITT, Stage 2 Crit, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6:

And I especially loved this - footage filmed on Alison Powers' bike as she lead out Coryn Rivera for the Stage 4 Crit win


Alison Powers has had this amazing season, and I think it's partly to do with her decision not to race in Europe at all.  Find out more about it in Clara Beard’s interview with her on Bicycling.

Final General Classification

1.   Carmen Small (USA) Specialized-lululemon, + 11:11:57
2.   Alison Powers (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 00:12
3.   Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, + 00:26
4.   Lizzie Williams (Aus) Vanderkitten, + 00:53
5.   Coryn Rivera (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 01:59
6.   Lauren Hall (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, s.t.
7.   Amanda Miller (USA) Tibco, + 02:00
8.   Jo Kiesanowski (NZl) Tibco, + 02:11
9.   Olivia Dillon (Ire) Colavita-Fine Cooking, + 02:25
10. Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, + 02:41

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Other forms of racing

I've got all the videos I've found from the Leogang downhill MTB World Cup over here, but if you love helmetcam videos, check out this video from Manon Carpenter's winning run (WOW!)  UPDATE! And even better - Manon's helmetcam put side-by-by with second-placed Rachel Atherton's run, so you can see where the race was won - watch it now, on Red Bull Bike, it's fantastic!

There was also the BMX Supercross World Cup in Berlin, and the videos are in my podcast post, but again, more helmetcam video too - from Brooke Crain (including her crash), Felicia Stancil (with great jumping shadows) and former World Champ Mariana Pajon (including the moment Caroline Buchanan passed her, and celebrated her win:

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MORE!

There are all kinds of other other videos, interviews and blogs in my podcast post, and I'm quoted in this great piece by CrankPunk on salaries (and one dick too many) in women's cycling - go and read it!

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